Pacita Abad by Pacita Abad

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Since leaving the Philippines due to fear of political persecution, Abad has produced work notable for its innovation and activism. This long overdue monograph features high quality photos of Abad's influential art--including her breakthrough trapunto quilt paintings--along with essays and oral histories by scholars and by people who knew her. 


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By Pacita Abad (Artist), Victoria Sung (Editor), Pio Abad (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
ISBN: 9781935963264
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Published: Walker Art Center - June 27th, 2023

Surrealism Beyond Borders, by Stephanie D’Alessandro & Matthew Gale

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Although commonly thought of as an inter-war European movement, Surrealism in fact influenced and encompassed artists and writers from all over the globe well into the later part of the 20th century. This catalogue to an exhibition at the Met features work from women and men from 45 different countries, and illustrates how Surrealism was a means to open minds and challenge political orthodoxies. It's a survey that will expand your mind and help you to move beyond Magritte in understanding one of the most important and influential movements of the last century.


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ISBN: 9781588397270
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Published: Metropolitan Museum of Art - October 26th, 2021

How Do We Look by Mary Beard

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Confronted with an image whose age, provenance, and purpose we don't know, how do we make sense of what we see? If "we" are part of Western culture, we’re likely to see what the classical tradition has taught us to see. As the world-renowned classics scholar Mary Beard shows in her beautiful How Do We Look (Liveright, $24.95), whether we realize it or not, we interpret, and often judge, a work according to how it compares with iconic pieces such as the Apollo Belvedere, which in the eighteenth century seemed virtually to set the standard for the civilized figure. While Westerners may still seek out works "fully understandable in our own aesthetic terms," things have changed a lot in recent decades. Beard's book, which includes the two sections she contributed to the new BBC series Civilisations—which substantially updates Kenneth Clark's 1969 Civilisation—focuses on images of the human body and images of divinity. Both surveys take Beard beyond Athens and Rome to Mexico, China, Cambodia, Turkey, and India; throughout, she examines the importance of context and perspective, traces arguments against idolatry, looks at the effects of iconoclasm, and rejects artist-centered criticism for one that puts “the viewers of art back into the frame.”

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ISBN: 9781631494406
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Published: Liveright - September 4th, 2018